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Hole #9This is a trickier par 4 than it appears like from the tee box. To lay-up safely, you should hit the 120-yard mark, but it’s a tough shot as the fairway has a significant slope from right to left. Many lay-up attempts run off the fairway and into the creek that runs along the left. The creek also runs across the fairway, about 100 yards in front of the green. Interested in some risk/reward? Longer hitters can hit over the creek and into the fairway near the green, but the further right you drive the ball, the longer the carry to clear the creek. From there, you’ll have an uphill shot to a relatively flat green.
Hole #10Feeling lucky with your long shots? Strong hitters can go for the green on this hole. Drives down the right side of the fairway usually get a good kick and roll into the fairway or green. Try not to stray too far left as you’ll land in the trees. The greenside bunker in the front left is not a bad place to put your drive, though the safest play is hitting where the fairway is widest, leaving you 75-90 yards in for a second shot to the large, flat green. Definitely a birdie hole.
Hole #12The signature hole of Casta Del Sol features beautiful views of the clubhouse, course, surrounding mountains, and beautiful homes. Though technically the shortest hole on the course, this will play longer than you expect as prevailing winds tend to blow right up this hole and into the face of the golfer. It’s tough to safely escape the deep front bunker that protects the green, which slopes back-to-front.
Hole #15This hole appears downhill but usually plays to the yardage. Winds also tend to blow into the golfer’s face on this hole. With a bunker and water to the left of the green, shots to the right tend to kick off the hillside and sometimes end up on the green, which is relatively flat except for the back third. If the pin is in the back, try to leave your tee shot below the hole.
Hole #17The first of two particularly difficult finishing holes, this hole really challenges golfers with visions of a great round. Usually playing longer than the scorecard indicates, the green is large and inviting but takes a good shot of nearly 200 yards to hit the green, which is flat for the front two-thirds.
Hole #18The toughest hole on the course and one of the toughest par 3's in Orange County, this final hole is a true decider when a match is on the line. All 225 yards from the back tees play to a slightly elevated green. The bunker is protected by water and a bunker on a left, as well as a bunker to the right. Long and left or right is also a tough up-and-down as the green slopes front-to-back and right-to-left. Consider yourself accomplished for making par on this hole.
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